It Takes Two (Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock song)

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"It Takes Two"
It Takes Two by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock.jpg
Single by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
from the album It Takes Two
Released August 2, 1988 (1988-08-02)
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1988
Genre Golden age hip hop
Length
  • 5:00 (album version)
  • 4:32 (radio edit)
Label Profile
Songwriter(s) Robert Ginyard
Producer(s)
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock singles chronology
"It Takes Two"
(1988)
"Get on the Dance Floor"
(1988)
"It Takes Two"
(1988)
"Get on the Dance Floor"
(1988)

"It Takes Two" is a song by New York rappers Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock that became a top 40 hit single was later certified platinum by the RIAA. Over the years, the song has been covered and sampled by various recording artists. The music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine of the All Music Guide said: "There are many critics and listeners who claim that Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock's 'It Takes Two' is the greatest hip-hop single ever cut. It's hard to disagree with them."[1]

Composition and background[edit]

The song samples heavily from Lyn Collins' 1972 song "Think (About It)",[2] using drum breaks, the well known "Yeah! Woo!" sample, as well as the lyric sung by Collins which gives "It Takes Two" its title.[3] The famous introduction of the song is spoken over a sample of "Space Dust" by The Galactic Force Band (1978).

Music video[edit]

The music video "It Takes Two" was edited by Peter Lauer and Pam Thomas, who worked in MTV’s promotions department alongside Peter Dougherty, Ted Demme and Mark Pellington.

The music video was filmed in 16mm by Steven Gladstone and Ilona Lieberman. Most of it was shot on a variety of 16mm Fuji Film stocks, using two standard 16 Bolex cameras that shared a single constant-speed electric motor.

The first scene, where the DJ and little boy are talking, was shot in a record store in Harlem.[4]

The interior dance sequences were not part of the original production. The entire film "budget" was four 100 foot rolls of 16mm film, which did not result in there being enough coverage, which explains the use of the xerography, and the insertion of the shots from the dance hall that do not match the video. The shot of a lone figure in a graveyard introducing the song (before the music starts) was indeed taken in a cemetery. There was no lighting budget, so the director of photography's Volkswagen Bus, which had suffered a collision during travel to the shoot location, was driven to the gate of the cemetery, and the vehicle's headlights were used to illuminate the shot. The artist is reported to have paid the "producer" $5,000 for the video, the production crew remains unpaid to this day, and it is unclear how much, if any, of the $5,000 was actually spent on making the video.[4]

Sampling and covers[edit]

Mike Will Made It, Carly Rae Jepsen and Lil Yachty version[edit]

"It Takes Two"
It Takes Two by Mike Will Made It.jpg
Single by Mike Will Made It, Carly Rae Jepsen and Lil Yachty
Released February 10, 2017 (2017-02-10)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:34
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Mike Will Made It
Mike Will Made It singles chronology
"Nothing Is Promised"
(2016)
"It Takes Two"
(2017)
"Gucci On My"
(2017)
"Nothing Is Promised"
(2016)
"It Takes Two"
(2017)
"Gucci On My"
(2017)
Carly Rae Jepsen singles chronology
"Last Christmas"
(2015)
"It Takes Two"
(2017)
"Cut to the Feeling"
(2017)
Lil Yachty singles chronology
"iSpy"
(2016) iSpy2016
"It Takes Two"
(2017) It Takes Two2017
"Honor"
(2017) Honor2017

"It Takes Two" was covered by American record producer Mike Will Made It, Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen and American rapper Lil Yachty. The song was released on February 10, 2017 as part of Target's clothes fall campaign. In this version, Jepsen also performs a rap. "It Takes Two" was accompanied by a three-minute promotional commercial directed by Roman Copola premiering during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony commercial break.[5]

Other versions[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 24
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 36
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[7] 3
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[7] 17

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock: It Takes Two: Composed by Robert Ginyard: Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Lester, Paul (11 July 2012). "New band of the week Maxsta (No 1,306)". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Rob Base & DJ EZ- Rock's It Takes Two sample of Lyn Collins's Think (About It)". whosampled.com. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Steven Gladstone, Director of Photography for the music video of "It Takes Two"
  5. ^ "Sneak Peek! Target Teams Up with Lil Yachty + Carly Rae Jepsen for an Outta Sight GRAMMYs® Moment". Target. Target Corporation. February 7, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ http://www.whosampled.com/sample/14963/Lil'-Romeo-Master-P-Silkk-the-Shocker-2-Way-Rob-Base-%26-DJ-E-Z-Rock-It-Takes-Two/
  7. ^ a b c "Rob Base - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  8. ^ "Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock: It Takes Two in Sisters Movie". InSoundtrack. 

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